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Department Of Health Reports HPS Death

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Someone from central North Dakota has died from complications of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). It's a disease primarily spread through infected rodent droppings, and even though it is rare, it is often fatal.

"Fortunately, it is rare because it's a serious illness. So, when people do get it, it has a high fatality rate, nationally it's a 36 percent fatality rate and of the 12 cases that we have identified in North Dakota since 1993, when it was first identified, seven of victims have passed away," says Michelle Feist of the North Dakota Department of Health.

The health department says the person who passed was probably exposed to rodents before becoming ill.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue headaches, chills and vomiting.
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